At Key Stage 4 students can choose to study either Drama GCSE or Acting BTEC.



Edexcel Drama is offered at GCSE.  This is a highly practical exam.  The outline of the course is below.

Unit 1: Drama Exploration (30%)

Exploration of creative and structural aspects of drama.

  • forms of stimuli
  • explorative strategies
  • drama medium
  • elements of drama.

Controlled assessment:

  • A six-hour practical workshop exploration (in lesson)
  • Documentary evidence - maximum 2000 words.

Unit 2: Exploring Play Texts (30%)

Exploration of a play text chosen by the centre involving:

  • exploration of character
  • interpreatation of the play
  • design implications of the play.

Visit to a live theatre performance.

Controlled assessment:

  • six-hour practical workshop exploration (in lesson) based on a play text
  • Documentary response - maximum 1000 words
  • Written evaluation of a live theatre performance - maximum 2000 words.

Unit 3: Drama Performance (40%)

A devised or scripted play performed to an audience including a visiting examiner.  Students may offer:

  • acting skills, or
  • performance support and design skills.

Controlled assessment:

  • Performance of a play, devised or scripted, to a visiting examiner.